Monthly Archives: November 2015

Debra Arrato visited Mrs. Gray’s Business and Entrepreneurship classes on November 20. She is a twenty-five year veteran entrepreneur who came to DHS to share her most recent business venture that included a trip on the “Ice Cream Emergency” Bus.  She discussed her business education background including her role as the Student President of DECA in high school.  She described creating, growing, and selling three separate, successful businesses. Students asked great questions about starting businesses and then got the chance to experience her latest venture by tasting the goods on the Ice Cream Emergency truck!


On November 18, students in Mrs. Sather’s and Mr. Rinaldi’s psychology classes had a day of interaction with babies and young children as part of their study of human development.  The students had the opportunity to engage with ten different children between the ages of four months and three years old over the course of the lunch period. This activity provided students with the chance to note the major differences of development and then apply those insights to understanding the theories of Piaget, Kohlberg, and Erickson.  This is always one of our favorite days at DHS, when tiny voices are heard echoing through our halls!



Theatre 308’s upcoming production, Eurydice, begins tonight.  Behind the scenes the Set Production Team, advised by Technology Teacher Rich Reynolds, designed and built the playsets to the specifications of the director.  Students have been planning, researching and building sets since the beginning of September.  Be sure to catch this great show and see the magic on stage as well!

set design

I would like to thank all who contributed to the tributes to our Veterans around DHS today.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to be reminded about all for which we are grateful and sometimes take for granted.  A special thanks to Science Faculty member and Support our Soldiers Adviser Pam Zago, History Faculty member and Model UN Adviser Dennis Cabrera, and the S.O.S. students who organized the day and the all-school assembly this morning.  A special thank you to our music department and ensemble students for their solemn and moving contributions at the assembly.

S.O.S. arranged for the veterans and guest speakers to address classes throughout the day.  Many speakers focused on the Vietnam era as 2015 represents the fiftieth anniversary of  the escalation of U.S. troop involvement.  With special appreciation to DHS community veterans and their family members who gave their time today and shared recollections of their service to our country: Mark Albertson, military historian; Michelle Currier, Art Faculty member and daughter of a Vietnam veteran; Art Gottlieb, military historian; Steve Leete, English Faculty member and U.S. Army veteran; Steve Ludwig, U.S. Army veteran and brother of Lorraine Westervelt, Computer Science Faculty member; Olivier Nicaise, Science Faculty member and French military veteran; Matt Pavia, English Faculty member and Vietnam era historian; Susan Ruegger, Science Faculty member and daughter of a WWII veteran; George Stadel, Vietnam veteran and father of Joe Stadel, History Faculty member; and Lt. Colonel Burt Takesue, DHS Assistant Volleyball Coach and active reserve U.S. Army officer.

Color Guard 1A color guard comprised of four DHS students who are U.S. Naval Sea Cadets

L-R: Cheyenne de la Rivera, Matthew Alvarado, Kaitlyn Kutz, John Butcher

Congratulations to DHS Faculty member Jeromy Nelson, who was awarded the Connecticut Technology and Engineering Education Association’s Teacher of the Year on Friday, November 6.  Mr. Nelson was nominated by his colleagues at DHS for his energy and innovation in the classroom.  He oversees one of the most award winning high school programs in the state (DHS was chosen as Program of the Year just two years ago). In addition, he oversees a very dynamic group of electives, manages a dozen person department, and does so with a smile on his face. He always puts students and his colleagues ahead of his own needs. Thank you Mr. Nelson!

Jeromy Award

Jeromy Nelson receiving award (on a “bow-tie Friday”)

The DHS Model Congress Club participated in the Horace Mann School Model Congress competition on October 31. Of the 120 students that participated DHS’s Dana Calhoun was awarded the Best Delegate Full Session; Brendan Berrigan earned Best Delegate for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and Will Brandon received Honorable Mention Delegate for the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Congratulations to all our delegates and faculty adviser, Mr. Clarke.

model un

Our wonderful students long ago adopted Halloween as an unofficial spirit day, and as with most things they undertake in their busy lives they embraced it this year with enthusiasm.  Roaming the halls were varied costumed students and faculty (visit our flickr photo site for Jim Smith’s photos) which brought lightness and laughter to our “regular” school day.  Count Dracula made a special daytime appearance reading the morning announcements (although contrary to his assertion we are NOT adding a ski trip to Transylvania!).  Our school building is but a hollow cinder block shell without the vibrant, exciting personalities of our student body, and celebrating everyday events like these makes our community stronger and more alive – even our undead zombies had smiles on their faces on Friday.  Well done one and all!

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